Prepare a portolio or take an LSSC approved course?

Here are some things to consider in making your decision whether to take an approved course or prepare a portfolio.

Choose an Approved Course if: Choose a Portfolio if:
You prefer an instructor to guide you and give you feedback. You like to design your own educational experiences.
You prefer the structured deadlines of a class. You like to set your own deadlines.
You don’t know how to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. You know how to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a competency set.
You do not have knowledge or experience in more than half of the competencies in a competency set. You have knowledge and experience in more than half of the competencies in a competency set.
You want to update previous knowledge and experience in a competency set. Your knowledge and experience in a competency set is recent.
You want to interact with other learners in a structured environment. You are comfortable working independently or providing your own support.

Do you have enough library experience to prepare a portfolio?

Here is a quick way to determine if you have enough knowledge and skill in a competency set to successfully develop a proposal.

  1. Choose a competency set in which you feel you could prepare a portfolio.  Look at the competencies in that set.
  2. If for over 50% of the competencies you can say to yourself “I know that,” or “I can do that” then you can probably prepare a successful portfolio.  At this point don’t worry about how you would demonstrate your competency.  We have Portfolio Development Suggestions to help you document your knowledge and skills.
  3. If over 50% of the time you do not feel you know or have performed this competency, you may want to take a course.  It is very difficult to prepare a successful portfolio if you have little experience in that competency set.
  4. IF you still aren’t sure (for 50% of the competencies you have the skill and for 50% you don’t) you may want to read more details about preparing a portfolio and then decide.